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DNB Admission counselling 2021- Know Eligibility ,Seats & Counselling Procedure

DNB Admission counselling 2021: DNB counselling conducted by the National Board of Examinations also known as NBE for post-diploma courses every year and in today’s post we are going to share all the information about DNB counselling & admission process 2021 on the basis of 2020.

Note: We want to make it clear that in 2021 , there will be a common counselling for all MD/MS and DNB seats and it will be conducted by MCC.

NEET PG All India Quota MCC counselling schedule 2021

By reading this post, you will know,

  • DNB Admission Procedure
  • DNB Counselling 2021 Rounds
  • DNB Eligibility 2021 criteria
  • DNB Counselling 2021- Seat allotment procedure
  • Documents required for DNB counselling 2021
  • Previous Year DNB counselling cut off lists
  • FAQ Section 

Believe this article is going to be all in one informational post about DNB Counselling and admission that you find on the internet.

So with saying this, let’s get started!

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DNB counselling & admission 2021- Eligibility criteria

There are some important factors that make you eligible for counselling of DNB. For the easiness of applicants, some of them are given here:

  • NEET PG 2021 must be qualified

  • Only those applicants will be allowed to take parts in the second and mop-up round, who have a registration  medical in the first round of counselling

  • any applicant who is doing MD/MS have to resign from the existing course to take part in counselling  the

  • any applicant who left the DNB  seat/course will not be able to take part in DNB counselling for the next three years.

  • Click here to visit the official website of DNB.

DNB counselling & admission 2021- Registration process

All Eligible applicants must read the complete article till the end to do counselling for DNB. This registration can be done in online mode.

Step 1 – Registration

First of all, create a password to register. The login credentials thereafter will be the password created and NEET PG 2021 registered email ID/roll number

Step 2 – Login

After successful registration, applicants are supposed to login using these credentials. Then OTP will be sent on your registered mobile number and  NEET PG 2021 registered mail ID and phone number.

Step 3 – Deposition of DNB 2021 counselling fee

You can proceed further only by depositing the counselling fee of ₹2500. This fee can be paid by using a debit card/credit card or net banking.

Step 4 – Uploading of documents

After this applicants are supposed to upload documents required for DNB CET counselling 2020. All of you are advised to keep a soft copy of all your documents.

Step 5 – Choice filling

After successful registration applicants are can go for choice filling. For filling the choices applicants have to select the state, then hospital, followed by specialty and then add choice.

Applicants can also change their choices and remove them by moving the arrow upward/downward and remove button respectively.

Step 6 – Declaration box or final submission

The last step of registration for DNB counselling 2021  can be done by clicking the button ‘I accept’ in the declaration box. In this step, applicants can add and remove choices as many times as they want until they lock their choices.

How to Apply for DNB Admission & Counselling?

DNB  Admission 2021 – National Board of Examinations (NBE) is responsible for conducting  DNB Admission 2021. Recently, NBE will release a notice on its official website regarding the counselling schedule. There were around 1338 seats in DNB 2020 which were filled on the basis of  NEET PG 2020 marks, which was declared on January 31, 2020.

As you know every aspirant have to qualify for the NEET PG 2021 to take part in  DNB  Admission 2021 counselling. This counselling will be in online mode for admission to around 650 hospitals across India.

NEET PG cut off marks 2021,2020,2019 for MD MS DNB

Category Cutoff marks Cutoff marks



Cutoff marks



2019 2020 2020 2021 2021
Open Category (UR/EWS) 340 366 275 302  
SC/ST/OBC 295 319 230 265  
UR-PWD 317 342 252 283  

These hospitals are Govt., Semi Govt., public and private. There will be a total of three to four rounds of counselling for admission in 2021. The initial three counselling will be in online mode and the last round  maybe in offline mode.

Note: This time ( 2021-22) DNB  Counselling will be conducted simultaneously with MD/MS and due to this positive shift may be there.

Choice filling for the first round of DNB 2020 counselling will start in the second week of June ,2021 . After successful registration provisional allotment will be released in the last week of June 2021.

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria as given below will be allowed to participate in the various offline and online rounds of DNB CET counselling 2021. The entrance examination of NEET PG will be the basis for admission to the course nationwide. NBE have scheduled NEET-PG 2021 on  April 18, 2021. For more details on DNB CET 2021, important dates of counselling, eligibility criteria, overview and last year (2020) cut off, candidates must read the  article till end.

Click here to see the result of NEET PG 2020.

DNB counselling & admission 2021- Seat allotment process

In this article we are explaining the seat allotment process for each round of counselling of DNB is given here.

DNB counselling & admission 2021 procedure – Round 1

Only those candidates will be allowed to take part in counselling who have successfully registered themselves for DNB CET  counselling. The process for round 1 is given in the points below:

  • You are free to fill as many choices as many you want. However, you must note that selecting a college, during the choice filling  process of DNB, choose only those hospitals where you can join

  • Applicants will be allowed to select their branch also. However, they will also have to upload certificates proving the same

  • All  certificates uploaded  by applicants will be verified by NBE as well as the authorities concerned at the allotted hospital

  • In case applicants do not lock their choices filled for DNB  counselling 2021, then after the due date, it will be locked automatically but still it is better to lock your choices and take printout well before the last date

  • Only those applicants who have done registration successfully will be allowed to participate in DNB 2021 counselling process

  • DNB seats will be allotted on the basis of  their NEET PG 2021 score and choice of hospitals entered by the applicants. The DNB seat allocation process will be done online.

  • Before the final result, a mock allotment of DNB seats will be published, and successful candidates will be allowed to re-arrange/re-shuffle their choices entered. But at this time no new registrations will be allowed

  • Good thing is that the DNB course fee is fixed and the same for all types of hospitals

  • To confirm your DNB seat applicants is supposed to deposit pay a one-year full fee, i.e., 1,25,000 online through the counselling portal of NBE. This fee can be paid using a debit card/credit card or net banking.

  • If you want to upgrade your seat then you can participate in the next level of counselling.

DNB counselling & admission 2021 – 2nd Round

  • After successful completion of the first round of counselling NBE will start the second round of counselling.

  • This round of counselling is useful for upgrading your seat in the seat that remains vacant.

  • But keep in mind that new registration is  are generally not allowed in second  round of DNB 2021 counselling , but as this year it will be conducted by MCC ,so same rule will be applicable as of MD/MS

  • It is compulsory to remove your existing choices which were filled during the first round of counselling.

  • Failing to do this applicants will have to accept the newly allotted hospital at the time of counselling of DNB 2021.

  • Committee will not allow applicants to take admission on the seat allotted in the first round if they participate in the second round of DNB counselling 2021

  • Admission will  be confirmed only after deposition of the full one-year course fee
  • Similarly, for applicants  who pay the fee but do not report to the allotted hospital, their admission will be  cancelled automatically

DNB counselling & admission 2021 – 3rd Round or Mop-up Round

All the processes for the third round of counselling of DNB CET will be the same as above.

After getting seats allotted to them and Biometric and Document Verification done, candidates will have to download their allotment letter. This will be available to them on the online portal of DNB CET counselling 2021.

Such candidates will have to report to the allotted college with the allotment letter and original documents for verification. The authorities at the allotted institute will verify the documents and eligibility of candidates as per the guidelines set by NBE.

DNB counselling & admission 2021 – Fourth (In-person)

  • Generally, mop-up round is conducted in offline mode and the address for reporting is as follows:

National Board of Examinations, PSP Area

Sector-9, Dwarka

New Delhi

Landmark – Opposite District Court, New Delhi

Documents required for DNB  mop-up round of counselling & admission 2021

Following is the list of documents that must be carried out by the applicants in original as well as photocopy set (4-5 at least). Without original documents, applicants will not be allowed to participate in the counselling :

  • Matriculation certificate for date of birth proof

  • MBBS degree/provisional certificate

  • proof of counselling fee deposit

  • NEET PG result 2021

  • uploading of  full signature same as used during NEET PG 2021 registration

  • Print out a duly filled and signed online application form

  • Updated medical registration certificate

  • Permanent resident/domicile/nativity certificate

  • Service certificate (if applicable)

  • Authorization letter (if applicable)

  • MBBS mark sheet I,II,III

  • one year Internship completion certificate

  • uploading of passport size photograph of the candidate as submitted in NEET PG application form 2021

  • SC/ST/PwD/EWS Category certificate (if applicable)

Previous year DNB Counselling Cut off lists

2020 DNB cutoff Rank -Round 3, Round 2 ,Round 1-UR

S.No. Branch R3 -2020 R2-2020 R1-2020
1 Dermatology 6727(5) 4788(6) 4195(6)
2 Radio diagnosis 9160(122) 6476(152) 6471(194)
3 General medicine 16427(369) 13858(451) 13858(465)
4 Paediatrics 17370(241) 14380(271) 13130(300)
5 General surgery 23533(247) 20869(305) 20566(295)
6 Ophthalmology 25642(144) 19803(167) 18959(206)
7 Respiratory medicine 17392(30) 13545(42) 13196(62)
8 Orthopedic 22244(132) 18597(169) 18408(221)
9 Emergency medicine 24114(69) 21916(101) 19365(96)
10 Obs & Gynae 19069(196) 14862(233) 14230(240)
11 Neurosurgery 23877(16) 20145(23) 19832(36)
12 Family medicine 30381(63) 28585(81) 28496(99)
13 ENT 25930(44) 22685(51) 19644(52)
14 Nuclear medicine 10603(3) 10295(3) 11524(9)
15 Cardio thoracic surgery 26064(24) 23379(33) 21680(47)
16 Anesthesia 28253(312) 24933(336) 24429(390)
17 Radiotherapy 29644(42) 24392(49) 24554(69)
18 Psychiatry 18320(11) 16636(16) 15735(20)
19 Paediatric surgery 23117(6) 16519(7) 17124(8)
20 Pathology 33852(39) 28496(42) 28053(51)
21 Plastic surgery 24808(6) 22251(7) 19609(11)
22 Rural surgery 27542(2) 18540(2) 20763(2)

Comparison:  DNB 2020 2nd round cutoff vs 2019 round 2

S.No DNB 2020 2nd round cutoff vs 2019 round 2
1 Dermatology 4788 4611
2 Radio diagnosis 6476 5986
3 General medicine 13858 12850
4 Paediatrics 14380 13371
5 General surgery 20869 17147
6 Ophthalmology 19803 18360
7 Respiratory medicine 13545 13425
8 Orthopedic 18597 16254
9 Emergency medicine 21916 18656
10 Obs & Gynae 14862 14969
11 Neurosurgery 20145 18339
12 Family medicine 28585 23865
13 ENT 22053 18322
14 Nuclear medicine 10295 11053
15 Cardiothoracic surgery 23379 19096
16 Anesthesia 24933 20528
17 Radiotherapy 24392 21675
18 Psychiatry 16636 15925
19 Paediatric surgery 16519 17230
20 Pathology 28496 26196
21 Plastic surgery 22251 19099
22 Rural surgery 18540 21359

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FAQs: Frequently asked question-related to DNB counselling and admission 2021

Is DNB is equivalent to MD MS?

DNB is equivalent to MD/MS for practice. Only for teaching eligibility in medical colleges there is a difference, and additional SR ship may be required.
1) DNB from institutes which run PG medical courses too(attached to medical colleges etc.) – No additional requirement
2)DNB from institutes with 500+ beds, 30+ in the specialty and has   teachers who qualify as pg teachers as mentioned – No additional SR ship required
3) All other 100+ beds – 1 year SR ship is required.
4) All other institutes – 2 year SR ship required.
Again emphasizing that this is only if wish to join as faculty in a medical college or a teaching institute. For regular practice, DNB is equivalent to Md/Ms once you pass out.

Can any one take up DNB Onco Surgery after MBBS?

No. That comes under SS. MS/DNb gen surgery entry qualification for DNB onco surgery.
6 years integrated courses that can be done after mbbs
1) Mch neurosurgery
2) DNB paediatric surgery
3) DNB plastic surgery
4) DNB neurosurgery
5) DNB cardiothoracic surgery

What is “final in person round in DNB” ?

In DNB, after 3 rounds of online counseling, there would be vacant seats (not opted by anyone, allotted but not joined, joined and discontinued).
Such seats will be allotted through an offline counseling at Delhi NBE office.
You have to appear in person for the counseling. Only those who are not allotted in any of the rounds are eligible.
-Called offline in-person counseling officially.
-Referred to as DNB mop up generally.
-Happens for both post diploma seats and post mbbs seats.

Is there any Bond for DNB medical aspirants in Hospitals?

Bond is applicable in some of the hospitals ,click here to see the details .

What is the fee in Govt. and private hospitals for DNB Admission 2021 post MBBS?

Fee in Govt. and private hospitals for DNB post MBBS is around Rs 1,25,000 per annum.

Is there any reservation quota in private hospitals offering DNB  Admission 2021?

No, reservation is not there in private hospitals, it is available only in govt. hospitals.

Total number of seats in DNB Admission 2021 in India?

Click here to see the dnb post mbbs seat matrix 2020 in India.

What is the official website  of DNB Admission 2021 post MBBS?

Click here to visit the official website of DNB post MBBS.
Hope this article “DNB Admission 2021” will be beneficial for all DNB aspirants.
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If any one freezes a seat in DNB Round 2, will he/she eligible for state Round 2?

Actually DNB R1 joined candidates can attend state Round 2 and (only then) their freezed DNB Round 1 seat would come back to DNB Round 3. That’s how you get vacancies in DNB. (Here DNB Round 3 timelines of NBE are important though, but that’s an NBE scheduling issue, and hopefully NBE would would look in to it).
Those candidates who froze seat by paying 1.25 lakhs because that DNB seat was the best seat available and they would have wanted to take that if no state Round 2 seat. Now if NBE doesn’t allow them to move to better seat anywhere, then it is also a loss for those who are looking at DNB too right. .
Already ,more than 100 frozen seats reverted back in DNB Round 3 as candidates were allowed to participate in All India Round 2. Same here.
Only very few would have made a mistake of freezing an undesired seat paying 1.25 lakhs. Just to penalize such one or two candidates, the rest of the seats that would come back to DNB from state Round 2 up gradation should not be lost.

Which is better DNB or MD/MS?

Although DNB course is equivalent to MD & MS.Good thing is that in DNB fee is same in All Institutes/Hospitals and very nominal.For session this fee is Rs 1.25 Lakhs per annum whereas MD/MS course fee is very much higher in private medical colleges.More over there is more practical exposure to DNB candidates. Only problem with DNB is its passing result which is really very poor.
So all of you are requested to kindly discussed with existing students before taking DNB Admission 2021.

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